Relevance of sindoor in Hindu culture

Made up of vermillion, it is a red powder that is applied along the parting of the hair. It symbolizes, in Hindu culture that a woman is married. Also referred to as kumkum it also symbolizes female energy. It is a ritual that every Hindu woman repeats daily after marriage and its origin can be traced centuries back.

 

History and origin

 

The origin of sindoor can be traced back as far as 5000 years back just when Hinduism started to showcase its influence on the cultural and traditional outlook of India. Its existence can also be traced back to the Harappan civilization when it was also applied along the partition of a woman’s hair.
Other than this, there is also a mythology surrounding it which suggests that it was turned into a shape by the wife of Lord Krishna, Radha, and that the shape resembled the shape of that of a flame on her forehead. Other Hindu texts or Puranas also consists of the name sindoor and its particular value and significance to a married woman.

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Its significance in the present day

 

The age old tradition of applying sindoor still prevails to date amongst Hindu women and it signifies a woman’s desire or prayer for her husband’s long and prosperous life. It is also a sign of devotion of a Hindu woman towards her husband. However, it also need to be said that with the advent of modernization the fact that sindoor needs to be applied on the forehead on a regular basis is slowly becoming less prevalent. But during festivals like Sankranti and Navratri, it is still a must for every Hindu husband to apply it on their wife’s forehead. It is also used customarily during other festivals and is also used as an offering to various gods and goddesses in the Hindu culture.

 

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